Capsule for the Day
"Who Am I" is a soul searching question. It is a question we should ask ourselves at the beginning of each year. Knowing who we truly are sets us free from the temptation of living a false life or of comparing ourselves with others. It makes us comfortable in our skin and open to accept others.
When John the Baptist in John 1:19-28 was asked the question "who are you". Notice how he began by declaring publicly who he was not. This is the wisdom that flows from self-knowledge and Grace. And he then revealed himself as "a voice crying in the wilderness, preparing the way...."
For all we know, there was no man on earth who was as free as John Baptist. This freedom was the fruit of Grace-inspired-self-knowledge. He was free of envy and pride. He was free of the slavery to wealth and power. He was free from these vices in order to be free for Christ, for the mission.
Fr. Francis Afu